Clean & Delicious Fiesta Salad

Happy Friday friends! I haven't gotten much sleep this week, so I'm sooooo ready for the weekend to be here! My plans include catching up on zzzzz's, going to yoga, doing some cleaning, and then heading to Kansas City on Sunday for some good food and a Sporting KC game. 

Today I'm sharing one of my very favorite recipes that my mom and I have both made for years! We call it a fiesta salad, and have experimented with our recipe until we've "perfected" it 😌 We first started making this salad back when I was very strictly gluten free for awhile, and now that I know more about nutrition and health, I love that this is truly a guilt-free salad. All of the ingredients are clean, including the homemade dressing! It's also a really tasty way to eat some veggies! If you like tangy flavors, this salad's for you because it's packed with flavor. This is my go-to recipe to bring to a summer BBQ or family dinner because people always love it, and I know I'll have a healthy option there.

There are so many ways to use this little salad!
- as a salad/side (I sometimes eat a big bowl of it for lunch!)
- as a topping for tacos
- served on top of taco salad (like I did on my IG story last weekend!)
- served on top of grilled chicken or white fish
- as a dip with tortilla chips

Salad Ingredients
2 cans of black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 can of corn (drained & rinsed)
1 green bell pepper - chopped
2 large tomatoes - chopped
1/3 cup red onion - diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro - chopped

Dressing Ingredients 
(whisk before pouring over salad)
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice from two limes
2-3 cloves garlic - minced
2 teaspoons sea salt

Optional Add-Ins
Diced avocado (add at last minute before serving so it doesn't get mushy or brown)
Garbanzo beans
Chopped kale

All you have to do is combine all of your ingredients in a medium to large bowl, and then whisk your dressing ingredients before pouring over the salad! I then gently "fold" the salad to mix everything up, and I like it best when it's been in the fridge for just a bit. It's also really good as leftovers for a day or two, and often tastes even better the next day!

I got a lot of messages from you guys as you made this yummy salad, so if you try my family's "fiesta salad" I would love to hear from you!!

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